July 29, 2016

Friday Five for End of July

1. Trout Pond Recreation Area is in West Virginia, just across Great North Mountain from us. Doesn't the pond look smooth

2. Summer woods: The Doris Agnew Lake Trail at Trout Pond.

I like walking and my doctor advised me to walk at least half an hour a day. I was doing it fairly regularly until two weeks ago when foot pain made it impossible. There is a swollen area right over the arch on my right foot and the podiatrist diagnosed a bursa over arthritis. He gave me a (painful) cortisone shot and the swelling went down enough that I can feel a hard bump like a bone spur. I can only be on my feet for a few minutes before it starts hurting. I have to put up my foot and soothe it with a cold pack. It's frustrating because I want to enjoy nature by getting out in the beautiful parks and forests around here. Also I have errands to do that are now too painful.

3. I saw this sculpture on a garden tour in the spring. I like the way it echoes the form of the tree. 

4. Here's another scene from the garden tour. It reminds me of the poem "Patterns" so I added a verse using Photoshop. I remembered this verse from reading it for a class many years ago.

5. Frank still owns a house in Dale City. The tenant who has been there for eight years is buying a home so now he needs to find a new renter, but first he'll have to get the inside painted and fixed up.


  1. Wonderful sculpture and a very inviting picture of the lake.

  2. Linda, your title is so poetic.

  3. I hope the foot problems get sorted out quick. The lake looks very peaceful.

  4. Tough to lose so much of your mobility, hope you heal fast.

  5. Good eye on the sculpture/tree.
    Sorry about your foot. I once had pain like that and the first doc thought it was just overuse. Well, she was sort of right--podiatrist finally figured out it was a stress fracture. I hope that your doc is correct and that something more lasting can be done for you.

    1. Thanks. I will look into a stress fracture.

  6. All of your photo's are lovely Linda.

    So sorry to hear about your foot, I do hope something more may be able to be done to make things easier for you.

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

  7. Ouch!!! Sorry to hear about your foot...goes to show you how we don't appreciate it when we are without issues...sigh... I wonder if the sculptor deliberately used the tree as a model. In the meantime, wishing you pain-free days. Stan

  8. oh gosh linda, i am so sorry about your foot, sounds awful! i hope you get some relief soon! love the photos, and that sculpture is really neat...thank you for linking to willy nilly...hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  9. How frustrating, a sore foot when all you want to do is get out and about. Loving your shots. The garden you toured looks pretty.

  10. Beautiful photos! I like that sculpture!


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